Smoke Signals Music

A Western State Music Field Guide from the Bridge City.

You’re going to want to RSVP to tonight’s Blitzen Trapper show. It’s a Red Bull Sound Select showcase with Pony Village and Novosti (both on the the new PDX Pop Now! Compilation!!!

You’re going to want to RSVP to tonight’s Blitzen Trapper show. It’s a Red Bull Sound Select showcase with Pony Village and Novosti (both on the the new PDX Pop Now! Compilation!!!

Hyenas is the new record by Joel Magid. Who is Joel Magid? That’s the question I had when the track “the most terrible mountains” started playing from my iTunes library a couple of months ago while reviewing new music. A cursory search on google rendered a bandcamp page for the Portland based artist and a couple of older releases … no Hyenas, but these perfect basement pop tracks seemed to come from the same Magid.

I emailed him to find out where I could get more of Joel Magid’s Hyenas (the artist name attached to the mp3). Joel got back to me a couple of weeks later, utterly shocked and confused about my interest in his unreleased project. We never figured out how I got his music, but we started a dialogue and out of it Joel was inspired to form a band (Hyenas), press a vinyl, and throw a release party. The band featuring members of And And And, Father Figure, and other groups ripped through a set of time pop inspired rock tracks that could frankly come from any era, but then again Hyenas may have never left the basement without random chance and the internet, and I’m thankful that it is here, now. Take a listen.

Take It To The Bridge! - Ep. 11 - Psych Test (with Shy Girls)

Take It To The Bridge! - Ep 11 - Psych Test (w/ Shy Girls) on Mixcloud
This week we took a tour of the world through the lens of psych and beats. I got the result of my psych eval from Shy Girls … spoiler alert, it turns out I love music. A lot of folks let me know that they liked the Serge Gainsbourg track “Melody” - you’ll find it around the 19 minute mark. Light In The Attic re-released Gainsbourg’s classic Histoire De Melody Nelson on vinyl and I’d recommend it for any record collection.
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